Must be airline approved, big enough for the dog to stand up in and turn around.
But don’t get carried away, bigger crates cost more to ship.
Check fasteners and door latch. Plastic ties are good for reinforcers, especially
at the door. You can also use them instead of fasteners, but make sure they
are put on so they don’t release. They are easy to undo as they can be cut
with a knife or scissors.
Make sure that your dog is comfortable getting in and out of the crate. Train
him to do this ahead of time. The airport should not be the first time
he’s introduced to a crate.
A pad is nice for the crate, along with a toy. If this is the first time flying,
a bit of smelly clothing from the owner might be appreciated. You can buy
rubber pads that keep dogs off the floor of the crate if they wet.
The airlines require two bowls for watering, attached to the door. We usually
fill ours up with water ahead of time and freeze them so that the dogs have something
wet to lick. Helps prevent spilling, too. For long trips, see if they’ll
let you strap a water bottle to the crate. Include a note to the baggage handlers
to please add water to the dish.
Tape a big label in plastic to the top of the crate with the dog’s name, contact
person at your destination, address with phone number. Change this to your
own address when returning home.
Make sure you have plenty of time. If possible, have someone drive you, so
you can easily get the crate and dog to check-in. Be calm and the dog won’t get
Have baggies with you so you can pick up any poop. This is especially important
for your destination.
Have your original rabies and health certificate. They don’t always
accept copies, especially out of country.
Have a leash hand, we recommend flexi leads if you know how to use them.
It is good to have a water bottle with you, so that at the destination or if you
have to switch airlines, you can easily give the dog some water.
If you switch airlines, sometimes you have to recheck the dog. This isn’t
all bad if you have enough time between flights as you can take the dog out for
a quick walk. You will also have to pay again for the dog’s flight.